This article, by Think Tank Fund program director Goran Buldioski, explores whether policy analysis by local think tanks can improve policymaking, strengthen democracy, and foster a wider enjoyment of the benefits of macroeconomic development in the Caucasus.
As he outlines feasible roles for think tanks in these countries, the author points out challenges such as lack of incentive for change among those holding power, a deficit of democratic space, inaccurate statistics, and low appreciation for objective policy work in the societies. He suggests that think tanks carve out clear agendas based on the local environment and their own strengths. Recommendations for donors, neighboring Turkey, and the EU follow.
This article originally appeared in Turkish Policy Quarterly.